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Lawler joins Larson for Queen's Baton Relay

Gary Larson and Ruby Lawler at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay announcement at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.
Gary Larson and Ruby Lawler at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay announcement at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre. Matt Harris

SWIMMING: Champion Gladstone swimmer Ruby Lawler was brimming with excitement today when she joined rugby league legend Gary Larson at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay announcement.

Lawler got the chance to rub shoulders with Larson and other dignitaries at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre as the full list of Gladstone Baton bearers was announced.

"I'm very excited and honoured to be representing Gladstone - It's so exciting and I can't wait,” she said.

"I was really excited and I couldn't believe I was picked. Lots of people would want this opportunity so I'm very proud.

"I haven't told any of my friends yet, but now I'll be telling everyone - I think they'll be very excited.

"I'm not going to run... I'm just going to walk and take it easy so I can enjoy every moment of it.”

Gary Larson and Ruby Lawler with PJ Sobhanian, Matt Burnett, Kate Jones, Glenn Butcher and Desley O'Grady.
Gary Larson and Ruby Lawler with PJ Sobhanian, Matt Burnett, Kate Jones, Glenn Butcher and Desley O'Grady. Gladstone Regional Council

The 23-year-old specialises in long-distance swimming and is currently training for the Special Olympics Australia National Games in Adelaide from April 16-20, held the day after the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.

Lawler has been swimming competitively for 10 years and is a Youth Ambassador for people with disability, and an Athlete Representative on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Australia.

PROUD: Ruby Lawler was chosen as one of 23 Gladstone region participants in the Queen's Baton Relay.
PROUD: Ruby Lawler was chosen as one of 23 Gladstone region participants in the Queen's Baton Relay. Contributed

Ruby's mother Suzie is unsure who nominated her daughter for the relay, but is immensely proud of what she's achieved..

"She's worked really hard to get where she is and she's a great mentor to other people and a great advocate for people with disabilities in the community,” Ms Lawler said.

"She's very motivated and very inspired by others and that's what keeps her going everyday.”

The Queen's Baton will pass through the Gladstone region on Saturday, March 24.

BATON BEARERS FROM THE GLADSTONE REGION

Ian Anderson

Maxine Brushe

Pamela Cawthray

Pauline Dahl

Allan Davis

Jonathan Easton

Larry Halbert

Lyn Harms

Jamie Hartwig

Tracy Hopkins

Neale Inskip

Debbie Knust

Laura Koefler

Gary Larson

Ruby Lawler

Deanne Lawson

Jenny McLeod

Betty Mergard

Dianne Morris

Donald Morris

Bob Moschoni

Chris Palfrey

Mia Poustie.

Topics:  2018 commonwealth games gary larson gold coast commonwealth games queen's baton queen's baton relay ruby lawler